06th Aug 2020
Protein isn’t just for athletes and body builders. Studies show it not only nurtures lean muscle but can improve bone health and immunity as well.
Did you know that the average woman needs approximately 1.2 grams of protein per kilo of body weight a day? *
Protein has long been associated with ‘bulking up’ and ‘pre-workout routines’, but it isn’t just important for athletes and bodybuilders.
Studies show it is an essential part of our daily diet and, according to Seán Prunty of Team Kinetica, it is needed for increasing and preserving lean muscle, combating age-associated muscle loss, improving bone health and even maintaining or improving immunity.*
Whey protein benefits
Milk contains two main proteins: whey and casein. Both proteins are a byproduct of cheese production, but whey is significantly better for your health.
There are 20 amino acids, of which nine are essential, that the body uses to make proteins, which are the building blocks of every cell, tissue, and organ.
Whey contains more branched-chain amino acids, essential amino acids that help reduce exercise fatigue, improve endurance, increase lean muscle mass, reduce muscle damage and fortify the immune system.
In some cases, it can even reduce muscle wastage as we get older, explains Prunty.
As we get older our body composition changes and our muscle-to-fat ratio leans toward a more unhealthy balance.
Once we reach our mid-forties what was once muscle slowly starts to disappear and fat starts to accumulate. In fact, according to research, muscle mass decreases approximately 3–8% per decade after the age of 30 and this rate of decline is even higher after the age of 60.*
Increased lean muscle mass helps to burn more calories throughout the day. In some cases, says Prunty, long-term protein usage has even been shown to increase muscle mass.
Supplements vs diet
The body cannot make these essential amino acids found in whey protein, so we need to get them from our diet.
Meat, dairy, eggs, nuts, soy and beans are good sources of protein and incorporating these foods into your regular meals can make a huge difference.
However, one of the best ways to ensure a healthy protein intake is by adding safe supplements to your daily diet.
For example, if you are a vegetarian and don’t consume meat, eating a protein-rich diet can be difficult.
Simply adding a scoop of safe and tested whey protein powder, such as Kinetica Whey protein, to your morning smoothie or pancake mix can contribute to your overall protein intake for the day.
An added bonus is that Kinetica Whey protein is highly satiating so it helps to keep you feeling fuller for longer, curbing any late-night cravings.
Kinetica Whey protein is derived from grass-fed cows, making it a high-quality, naturally-sourced protein.
It is a ‘complete’ protein, meaning you are getting all nine essential amino acids at once, including branched-chain amino acids: leucine, isoleucine and valine.
These 9 essential amino acids are vital as they support tissue repair, protein synthesis and nutrient absorption.
Kinetica Whey protein delivers 22 to 23 grams of protein per 30 gram-serving, so you’ll have met almost half your protein requirements for the day with just that one scoop.
For women in particular, protein can have major health benefits and it is important that we are consuming a healthy dosage daily, from diet or supplements, to keep our bodies healthy and our muscles toned.
* If you participate in sports your protein intake would be higher depending on the demands of your sport
* Source 1: Wallace, T (2019), ‘Optimizing Dietary Protein for Lifelong Bone Health A Paradox Unraveled’, Nutrition Today, vol. 54, issue. 3, pp. 107-115
Source 2: Walsh, Neil (2018) ‘Recommendations to maintain immune health in athletes’, European Journal of Sport Science, vol.18 issue. 6, pp. 820-831
Source 3: Holloszy JO (2000), ‘The biology of aging’. Mayo Clin Proc.75 Suppl:S3-S9
Kinetica Whey comes in 5 delicious flavours: strawberry, chocolate, vanilla, mint chocolate and banana. It also works well as an ingredient in pancakes, flapjacks and more. Check out Kinetica social channels for some gram-worthy recipes that are suitable for all ages and meal occasions. It is also low in sugar and suitable for vegetarians and coeliacs. The Kinetica protein range extends beyond Whey and also includes Lean Active and convenience products.
Read more: 18 activewear pieces to get you motivated for your next trip to the gym
Read more: 7 simple ways to help your body detox at home
Read more: Why we should all be swimming in the Irish seas this summer